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The Virginia Tech Nuclear Engineering Program offers Masters and Doctoral degrees through the Department of Mechanical Engineering, which is consistently ranked in the top 10% of Mechanical departments nationally. A growing number of faculty and students conduct research in the traditional sub-disciplines associated with fission power and other multi-disciplinary areas associated with nuclear science.

Nuclear Theory and Computation: Hybrid particle transport methods and their application to nuclear systems, High performance computing, Multi-scale/multi-physics methodologies, and virtual visualization, High energy density plasma modeling, Thermal hydraulics modeling, Computational methods in reactor physics and shielding, perturbation methods 

Nuclear Materials Research: Novel nuclear materials design, Thermoelectric materials, Materials modeling and simulation, Hard coatings, Plasma-material interactions

Nuclear Power Operations: Design of digital instrumentation and control, Alternative reactor technology, Reactor operations and safety

Emerging Nuclear Technologies: Design of nondestructive detection systems, New methods of medical imaging, Fusion reactor fueling

Nuclear Safety, Security, and Safeguards: Nonproliferation, Radiation protection and shielding, Nuclear fuel cycle management, Nuclear waste disposal, Science-based analysis and support of nuclear policy formation

In addition to state-of-the art research, laboratory, and classroom facilities at Virginia Tech’s main campus in Blacksburg, the NEP has access to unique facilities and resources across Virginia. These include the Advanced Research Computing System X super computer, the Immersive Visionarium for virtual 3-D visualization, the Institute for Critical and Applied Technology (CEAR), the Center for Advanced Engineering in New London, and the Nuclear Science and Engineering Lab (NSEL) at the Virginia Tech Research Center (VTRC) in Arlington.